Freethinker Group Holds “Ask an Atheist” Panel Discussion

On the evening of November 21st, the Antelope Valley Freethinkers (AVF) in Lancaster, California held an open panel of five atheists to answer anyone’s questions about atheism, agnosticism, Humanism, and other issues around religion. I was very honored to be invited to participate on the panel. We were hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living. AVF President David Dionne described it this way:

This isn’t a debate with winners and losers; it’s an opportunity to address biases and misconceptions, and promote better understanding and acceptance of nonbelievers through civil discourse. Our goal is that everyone who participates will come away with something positive and affirming. Consider bringing a religious friend or two!



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Creationist Ken Ham is Somehow Furious That President Obama Mentioned God in Sunday’s Speech

On Sunday night, President Obama delivered a speech from the Oval Office in which he talked about our nation’s response to terrorism and what Congress must do in the weeks ahead to curb gun violence.

And yet, all Creationist Ken Ham took away from that speech was that the President wasn’t sufficiently pious. By not preaching fundamentalist Christianity to the nation, Ham implied, Obama was allowing terrorism to thrive.



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How Exactly Would Donald Trump’s Plan to Ban Muslims from Entering the U.S. Work?

I have a few questions for Donald Trump, who said today that he wants to ban Muslims from entering our country:



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Anti-Abortion Activist Says Goal of Sting Videos Was to “Destroy” Planned Parenthood

By now, it’s pretty clear that the debunked Planned Parenthood “baby parts” sting videos were not part of an honest exposé, but rather heavily manipulated propaganda designed to evoke the desired reaction against Planned Parenthood.

The edited and misleading parts have already been established. In a sermon from September, Troy Newman described his and other activists’ goals for the videos. Newman is a long time abortion foe (“pro-life” seems too bizarre a term for someone who wants abortion doctors executed). He’s both president of anti-abortion group “Operation Rescue” and a board member for the “Center for Medical Progress” group that released the videos. (He’s also a Ted Cruz supporter; I still haven’t figured out who gets the worse end of that deal.)

The goal of those videos, in Newman’s own words, was simple: to destroy Planned Parenthood.

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Matt Barber Says Christian Terrorists Don’t Exist, Despite All the Examples to the Contrary

Who gets to define what a “True” Christian is?

It’s a silly question, really, because fundamentalist and progressive Christians fall under the same religious label, and both sides could easily point to various verses in the same holy book to justify their interpretation of it. It just depends who you ask. There are Christians who perform abortions and Christians who kill abortion doctors. There’s Barack Obama and Ted Cruz. Turns out Christianity, like every major religion, is just a big umbrella.

But when it comes to declaring who’s a “True Muslim,” conservative commentator Matt Barber (below) knows exactly who fits the mold: It’s the people who kill in the name of Islam who are the real followers of the faith. Everyone else is just ignoring their holy book:



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